Saturday, November 21, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sparkly chandeliers and a great source for affordable lighting

I have loved sparkly chandeliers since I was a child. My aunt Melissa had the most glorious one in her marble-tiled foyer, and I loved to walk down her stairs into the foyer pretending I was a princess. If I lived in her house, I'd probably still do the same thing every morning:-)

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Another beautiful rug

You all know how much I love a pretty rug, so when Rugs USA offered to send me one, I could not refuse. 

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Thanksgiving table inspiration

I love Thanksgiving. As excited as I get about Christmas, I love Thanksgiving, and have enjoyed hosting it here the last few years. If you also host and are looking for Thanksgiving table setting ideas, you have come to the right place:-)

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fall porch decor and more

I love Fall. I just cannot wait for it every year. This year, it seemed to take forever -- as if the leaves were *never* going to change. Then, overnight, the color seemed to come from nowhere -- more brilliant than I have ever seen here.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

The *best* candles for the season

I am a lover of candles, and I am also extremely picky about the quality. I have loved Folky Art Candles from the very first time I lit one up and have never been disappointed. They are hands down my favorite. 

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Bohemian chic Autumn

There are so many aspects of Bohemian chic style that appeal to me--from well-traveled accessories, Turkish kilims, and Native American art, to plants, vintage finds, mid-century furniture and my favorite -- color. It's kind of like a smorgasbord of all my favorite design elements -- and then some. 

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The bright side of fall

If I could choose only one word to describe fall, it would be "vibrant." For me, autumn is seriously an overload for the senses, and I love embracing that feeling inside my home as well.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Welcoming Autumn alfresco

Oh the joy of autumn in the North Carolina mountains! I always look forward to the transition from hazy summer days to clear, Carolina blue skies, vibrant color and crisp, cool nights.
It's the perfect time to get back out on the porch, as the noon day sun that has beat down on our table all summer, finally shifts and is filtered by the changing leaves.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fall outside the box

I am definitely taking an outside the box approach to Autumn this year. And I mean that literally if you know my "box" story. In any case, I wanted to change things up and go opposite of all the trends and do what speaks to my heart. What's new? I knew I wanted color and lots of it, but not typical fall colors. I started by making this rustic centerpiece for my dining table. 

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Easy DIY 3-tier stand and vibrant fall color

Overnight it seemed like fall arrived here in the mountains with crisp, cool air and Carolina blue skies. I am enjoying it so much and am loving bringing the outside in.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Adding Fall color to a cabinet full of neutrals

Yesterday I showed y'all my corner cabinet all styled with shades of white, silver and vanilla-strawberry hydrangeas.  I also mentioned that I had decided it needed more color, so here it is:-)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Friday, September 4, 2015


My friend Bonnie brought me another beautiful bouquet of flowers Wednesday night. This time, they were gorgeous, and super large sunflowers.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Fall Dining alfresco with some special gifts

Well, it's not really fall yet, but autumn is certainly in the air here in the mountains, and it was the perfect day to set a table on the porch. 

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Consumer Reports Kitchen feature

I was so excited to finally find a copy of the October issue of Consumer Reports Kitchen Planning and Buying Guide! Why, you ask?  

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They contacted me earlier this summer wanting to buy a photo of the hanging rack I made to hold my cutting boards, so I, of course, said yes and patiently waited for the issue to come out. We could not find it here, so Luis picked up a copy at Barnes and Noble in Asheville where they were just putting them out on the shelves. 

This is a wonderful magazine packed full of gorgeous kitchen ideas, so I am humbled to have a little photo in such a beautiful magazine. If you are planning a new kitchen, updating your current kitchen or just looking for solutions for storage, etc., it's a great one to pick up.  I'm going to enjoy looking through my copy and doing a little kitchen dreaming:-)

Monday, August 17, 2015

Noritake "Condoro" and an exotic summer tablescape

As I promised last week, I decided to play around with the dishes and set some pretty tables, because I had seriously been neglecting that part of my blog. 

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Blue Willow summer tablescape

When I started blogging five years ago, I focused on tablescapes, and since some of those old posts are pinned and repinned by the thousands, it dawned on me it just might be a good idea to focus on pretty tables again:-)

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Pretty white sheets

If there is one thing I *must have* in white,  it's pretty bed linens. You can imagine I was really excited after being contacted by Perfect Linens to try a set of their linens. 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Home Tour

I thought I would go ahead and wrap up a summer home tour in case any of you are interested in seeing everything in one post. At least you can see how everything ties together.

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